"Someone who appreciates the history of the house, appreciates preservation and its importance, someone who understands Samuel Williams' importance to the state of Texas."
Samuel Williams was one of the founders of Galveston, who helped finance the Texas Revolution. Shiner says Williams built the house for his family, so they'd love to have a family living there again.
"Absolutely we would. We're considering it a single-family residence. Children are more than welcome, in fact we have tied a rope swing on one of the oak tree limbs and it's waiting for children and grandchildren to come and enjoy it."
The rent is 1800 dollars a month plus utilities. Shiner says they're still taking applications and interviewing, and they hope to have someone in the house by July.
Jim Bell. KUHF- Houston Public Radio News.